Eden Valley village becomes first in county to take delivery of new superfast broadband (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Eden Valley village becomes first in county to take delivery of new superfast broadband
AN EDEN Valley village has become the first to take delivery of Cumbria’s new superfast broadband service.
Yanwath is leading the ‘revolution’, delivered by Cumbria County Council and BT, as part of the Connecting Cumbria project to ensure high-speed internet access in 93 per cent of county properties.
“This is a significant milestone for the project,” said Councillor David Southward, county council cabinet member for economic development.
“We are delighted to see actual Cumbrian homes and businesses starting to benefit from the significant investment that has been made in the roll-out of superfast broadband to areas where it had not been delivered commercially.”
More than 120 properties in the village of Yanwath now have access to fibre broadband thanks to the new streetside cabinet.
The switch-on is the first in a wave which will see almost all county residents have access to high-speed fibre broadband by the end of 2015, making Cumbria one of the best connected places in Europe.
“This is the beginning of a revolution in the standard of internet access in Cumbria,” continued Coun Southward.
Residents and traders have since hailed the arrival of the service.
Richard Relph, of agricultural merchants, TW Relph and Sons, said: “Currently we’re not able to sell things through our website because the broadband is too slow.
“Faster broadband will enable us to do that and expand the business into new markets.”
Children from Yanwath Primary School helped launch the service.
June Venus, headteacher, said: “Use of the internet now touches every part of the curriculum, with pupils using it every day for everything from interactive exercises to doing online research for school projects and a variety of other schoolwork.
“Without fast connectivity and speeds there is the risk that children will miss out on what is now an essential learning tool, so having fibre in the village is great news.”
Around 10,000 homes and businesses are expected to be connected by the end of this year.
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